Volkswagen is exploring new fuel-saving technology with the Passat BlueMotion Concept, revealed here at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
A turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine good for 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque powers the car, and features the world’s first application of cylinder deactivation on an inline four power plant. VW estimates that the Passat BlueMotion will achieve a fuel economy rating of 42 mpg highway.
It isn’t just cylinder deactivation helping to save fuel, as the concept also features a stop/start system along with a dual-clutch transmission that can decouple the engine from the wheels, allowing the car to coast with the lowest possible amount of mechanical drag.
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Befitting the BlueMotion name, the concept is finished in Reef Blue Metallic, a color that VW plans on introducing to production models. The interior is finished with blue two-tone seats with contrasting stitching.
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GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept Live
GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept
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